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TAYLOR, Bushrod Bust, naval officer, born in Madison, Indiana, 31 March, 1832 ; died in Washington, D. C., 22 April, 1883. He entered the navy as an acting midshipman, 3 April, 1849, and was graduated at the naval academy, 12 June. 1855. He was promoted to master on 16 September, lieutenant, 31 July, 1856, and served in the Paraguay expedition of 1859. He went to the naval academy as an instructor in October, 1860, and assisted in the removal of the academy from Annapolis to Newport. From Nay to August, 1861, he served in the flagship "Colorado," in the Gulf squadron, on the blockade. He was in the supply and despatch steamer "Connecticut" in 1861-'2, and was executive of the steamer" Cimmerone "in James river and the South Atlantic blockade in 1862-'3. He was promoted to lieutenant-commander, 16 July, 1862, served in the steamer "Ticonderoga," flag-ship of the West India squadron, in 1863, and commanded the steamer "Kanawha," in the Western Gulf squad-ton, until 28 September, 1865. He next served at the Philadelphia navy-yard in 1865-'6, and at the naval academy as an instructor in 1866-'9. He was commissioned commander, 14 March, 1868, and had the steamer" Idaho," of the Asiatic squadron, in 1869. In this vessel he encountered the centre of a terrible typhoon, in which she was completely dismantled and became almost a total wreck. This was one of the worst storms, that was ever survived by any ship. He next commanded the " Ashuelot " on the same station, until January, 1872, served at the Philadelphia navy-yard in 1872, and in the bureau of yards and docks at Washington in 1872-'4. He commanded the steamer "Wachusett " during the threatened war with Spain in 1874, was a member of the board of inspection in 1876, and at the Boston navy-yard in 1876-'9. He was commissioned captain, 27 October, 1869, and had special duty at Washington in 1880.
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